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Freed hamlet riskily bolsters patriotism
Freed hamlet riskily bolsters patriotism
National

Azerbaijan recently invited Indonesian journalists to the country for an update on the latest developments in international efforts to help resolve its territorial conflict with Armenians over Nagorno-Karabakh.The Jakarta Post’s Pandaya, who also interviewed Armenian diplomats in Jakarta, sees growing tensions as the peace negotiations that began in 1994 remain stalled.

The United States of ‘dangdut’: A struggle to ‘shake’ America
The United States of ‘dangdut’: A struggle to ‘shake’ America
Entertainment

A melting pot of cultures, Indonesia is very fortunate to be blessed with a mix of Melayu, Indian, Arab, Chinese and European music, now known as dangdut. The popularity of the genre has reached far and wide; however, maybe not as far as the United States — or so one might think. 

Mentawais rise to save customary lands
Mentawais rise to save customary lands
National

The indigenous forest people of the remote Mentawai Islands, about 150 kilometers off the west coast of Sumatra in the Indian Ocean, are being pushed even further to the edge. They are powerless to defend their pristine forest, which a company has eyed for converting into a plantation. The Jakarta Post journalist Moses Ompusunggu recently visited Siberut, the largest of the three islands that make up the regency, and observed the native people’s struggle to protect their ancestral home.

Refashioned stadium rekindles spirit
Refashioned stadium rekindles spirit
National

The world-class Gelora Bung Karno sports complex, a legacy of Indonesia’s founding father Sukarno, has been renovated for the upcoming Asian Games, which will be cohosted by Jakarta and Palembang, South Sumatra. The Jakarta Post sports correspondent Ramadani Saputra has taken a look at the history of the sports complex, from its inauguration to what it looks like today after having gone through a US$205 million renovation.

GMO in times of shrinking land
GMO in times of shrinking land
National

The challenge to feed the world’s 7.6 billion people has never been more daunting. Scientists, governments and farmers have come together to promote biotechnology and boost agricultural products in the face of shrinking arable land and global warming. During a recent ASEAN Plant Science Primer event organized by agriculture companies association CropLife Asia in Manila recently, The Jakarta Post’s writer Corry Elyda had the opportunity to observe how some ASEAN countries are making the most of biotechnology.

Unmasking the hypocrisy of casual marriage
Unmasking the hypocrisy of casual marriage
National

The recent bust of a prostitution service disguised as an online dating platform has put the controversy over nikah siri (informal unregistered marriage) back into the spotlight. The Jakarta Post’s Corry Elyda and Ika Krismantari discuss why people still love to embrace this bald-faced hypocrisy.  

Natural Born TV Killers
Natural Born TV Killers
Science & Tech

They turn down television deals and, with their own quantifiable online audience and self-produced videos, these are people who do not have the slightest worry about ratings or “getting axed.”

Stand-up comedy: No laughing matter
Stand-up comedy: No laughing matter
National

Until seven years ago, event organizers would rely on music and dance to liven up parties. Things began to change with the rise of stand-up comedy, which quickly gained popularity thanks to its steady stream on TV.

Distrust muddles Israel-Palestine conflict
Distrust muddles Israel-Palestine conflict
National

Being a former grassroots activist and an avowed communist, Mustafa Barghouthi did not mince his words when criticizing the Israeli government and a whole host of its policies.

When righteous business goes wrong
When righteous business goes wrong
National

A continuously increasing number of Indonesian Muslims performing umrah (minor haj) to the Islamic holy land of Mecca, Saudi Arabia, has led to an increase in travel agencies offering trip packages throughout predominantly Muslim Indonesia.